Secondary Transition tips


These activities have been designed to help you prepare for your transition to secondary school.  They are for you to use if you think they are helpful.

Activity 1 - Travelling to your new school
·         Walk your route to your new school as part of your daily exercise (if this is appropriate)
·         Plan your routes to school using Google Earth, Google Maps or other Apps such as Waze
·         You could download the Arriva app to become familiar with it.

Tip for Parents/Carers
Travel planning – How will your child get to and from school every day?


Activity 2 - All about you 
Have you accessed your new school’s website?  Have a look through p 3-6 of the booklet: use the school website to answer some of these questions.  Talk through with someone at home – this could be with an older sibling who attends/attended the school – what are their experiences?

Tip for Parents/Carers
Support your son/daughter in accessing their secondary school’s website. This may also be a good opportunity for you to have a look at the policies, practices and procedures such as timings, uniform and behaviour expectations etc.  Hopefully your child’s secondary school will be arranging an event for you to be able to ask questions; perhaps you could start to think about any queries you may have?  Talk through the information your son/daughter has found out – do they have any concerns?  Are they pleased/disappointed with anything?


Activity 3 - How to read a school timetable

Is there an example of a timetable on the school website?  If not, there is an exemplar in your transition booklet.  Look at 'How to Read a School timetable'  p12-13 in your Transition Book


Tip for Parents/Carers

What equipment/resources would your child need to take into school on specific days?  Could your child organise this independently?  Start to instil in your son/daughter that there are usually consequences at secondary schools for students that do not have the correct equipment/resources. 


Activity 4: Managing Situations

‘What should I do if…?’ + useful phrases ‘I’m lost’; ‘I’m sorry I’m late.’; ‘Please could you help me?’; ‘Who should I ask/ tell about…?’; ‘Where would I find…?’  Are there any questions/scenarios that relate to their experiences of returning to school this week?

Activity on p17  

Tip for Parents/Carers
Discuss with your child problem solving ideas – “what would you do if…..?”
Who would you ask for help if you were unsure about something? Talk about how you have asked people to help you in different situations, emphasise that everyone needs help sometimes!


Activity 5: My Journey to School

Activity on p11  

Key skill for secondary school –
Travel passes – how to use, need to keep safe; what to do if pass is lost/what to do if miss stop/ what to do if bus/train doesn’t come or is full up/ who to tell if you or someone else is being bullied?
How long will your journey take?
What time will you need to leave your house to make sure you arrive at school on time?
How will you get home?
What about the timings of your return journey?

Tip for Parents/Carers
Work with your child to see how confident he/she is at planning their journey to school.  Can they remember their journey previously discussed in Activity 1?  Discuss the use of travel passes – what happens if they are lost?  What are the ‘backup’ plans for getting to and from school?

Activity 6: Time Planning and Morning Routine

Activity on p9-10 of Transition Booklet
Can you plan your morning routine?  What tasks do you need to perform daily?  What tasks do you need to be reminded to do and what do you do independently?

Tip for Parents/Carers
Think about what else your child could do more independently – do they know how to cross roads safely? Do they need to be able to tie a tie? Tie shoe laces?   Can they make simple meals?  If not now is the time to start teaching them!


Activity 7: Feelings

Tip for Parents/Carers
Allow plenty of opportunities for your child to talk about their feelings about not returning to their primary school and the new challenges that lay ahead.

Write/draw or simply discuss any good and/or bad memories that they have about their time in Primary.  Any favourite lessons/activities? Can you share any memories from your own primary school?

Does your child feel ready to move on? If not, what can you do to support?

Make sure that you acknowledge all their feelings – they may change their mind day to day (or even hour to hour!?!) – they may have been at their primary school since YR so could be understandably very sad (or happy!!!) to be leaving.